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Landscape Architecture Bureau,
Washington, D.C.

The Landscape Architecture Bureau (LAB) fuses art, science and stewardship, crafting iconic, imaginative and inspirational designs. LAB is committed to an expanded notion of sustainability beyond simple environmental protection, stating, “We believe that only well-conceived, well-constructed places, made beautiful and inclusive of the people involved, will be loved by their users sufficiently to make them sustainable.”

The firm’s four guiding principles are integrity (thoroughness with which LAB pursues the design to the end), cooperation (with other design professionals), strength of concepts (strong, simple, clear and implemented consistently) and collaboration (not only the specific landscape architects assigned to the project, but the talents of the entire studio).

Principal: Jonathan Fitch

Software: Autocad Architecture, Land FX, Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Sketchup

 

1101 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C.




The sidewalk downtown at 1101 K Street expands to 50-feet wide, making possible a plaza and garden area. The design provides useful space for tenants and flexible public areas for shop and restaurant patrons. Environmental stewardship in the urban setting includes expansive below-grade soil vaults and connective root trenching to provide soil conditions capable of sustaining large canopy trees and mixed plantings. Organized into a set of sinuous forms, plantings and sculpture unite the site with the building’s entrance and outdoor restaurant seating.



Concord Residences, Arlington, Va.




The Landscape Architecture Bureau’s challenge was a large, new home’s steep sloping site and the owners’ desire for a swimming pool not seen from the public areas of the house. LAB worked closely with the owners and the architects to create a series of terraces and a lap pool. The long walls enabled the garden’s terraces and pool to be built on the site, linked the building’s materials to the landscape, protected views of the pool from the house and provided an intimate environment for quiet swims or small gatherings on the pool terrace.



Oliveros Residence, Washington, D.C.




Planned by Congress to commemorate the Bicentennial, the National Garden occupies three acres adjacent to the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory on the National Mall. Every design element speaks to conservation, ecological and environmental issues. Educational programs and interpretive exhibits round out the garden’s message of sustainable design.
The garden—including a National Rose Garden, Lawn Terrace, Water Garden and a Regional Garden of native plants—is underpinned by native stone, local building materials and a comprehensive water conservation system.
AECOM provided overall design responsibility, leading a team of consultants through a design collaboration focused on linking garden and architecture in contextually responsive, efficient and environmentally-responsible ways. Water conserving techniques, native plant and hardscape materials are integral to the garden’s design. Plantings are pointed toward drought-tolerant native species that require minimal irrigation.



Cady’s Alley, Washington, D.C.




Redevelopment of a city-block in Georgetown involved five architects for five interlocking parcels. Cady’s Alley, a historic way in Georgetown’s industrial past, was converted to pedestrian use, as several shops and residential buildings have their main entrances facing the alley. LAB worked closely with the developer, the architects, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Park Service and the district’s DOT. LAB was the only consultant working on the project as a whole, assuring the disparate projects worked well together. Cady’s Alley has received several design awards.


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